Along with some very quizzical looks I often get this question. “What exactly is homeschool”, followed quickly by “That’s too much trouble”.
Now I know that what I do and how I have chosen to set my life up is not the easy road. I never have taken the easy road. I know that I could put my kids on a school bus and watch them go to school for 7 hours. Then greet them sitting calmly at the end of our road in the afternoon.
I did this for 3 years. I tried the easy way. I take that back I was coerced into the easy way by my then husband and well meaning uneducated family and friends. I stood up one day and said
“I don’t care how tough this is there has to be a better way. A better way for my kids and a better way for me to live.”
When I did this I was unaware of the most important thing that it all boiled down to. That thing is
Not just the physical freedom to set our schedule but, the freedom to choose what our kids are learning. The freedom to shelter or not shelter them from certain subjects. The freedom to opt out of certain vaccines because of their potential risks without having lectures and nasty looks and comments from school staff. The freedom to celebrate Christmas and pray and learn about pagan holidays. The freedoms that have been slowly stifled by well-intentioned people trying to protect others. The freedoms our great nation was founded on that are slowly eroding.
I am off that soap box.
So, when I ask myself: What homeschool means to me? I know the answer boils down to freedom.
What does homeschool mean to you?